The following pictures show some of the many of the Ambridge Junior High 8th grade honors science “Bacteria Wanted posters during their section on viruses. Their mission was to investigate a bacterial pathogens for the “Bacterial Pathogen Unit” of the AASD. During this project, they were to investigate one harmful bacterial pathogen and produce a "Wanted Poster" to educate the Ambridge Area community.
The following pictures show the Ambridge Junior High 8th grade science students with many of the cell projects, some which are edible during their chapter on cells in preparation for Keystone Biology in 9th grade next year.
The following pictures show the Ambridge Junior High 7th & 8th grade honors science students during their S.T.E.M. day at Economy Elementary. Junior High students will the aid of the Junior high science department of Mrs. Mawhinney, Mr. Olenic and Mr. Ayers. will research and develop STEM lessons aligned with AASD curriculum and STEM Standards of Practice across disciplines to provide STEM Education for all third grade Economy Elementary students and students that participate in the program from the Junior High. A huge thanks go out to the 3rd grade teachers, Mrs. Anoline, Mrs. Marvin, Mrs. Burgoyne and Mrs. Jacquel. Also the Economy and Junior Principals, Mrs. Galitsis, Mr. Amadio, and Ms. Zupsic.
The following pictures show the Ambridge Junior High 7th grade honors science students during their K-NEX competition preparation and competition day at Penn State Beaver. The STEM Design Challenge encourages students to work as a 4 person team to answer a challenge. Teams had from November until may to create a project using K’NEX, answer narrative questions, create a blueprint and produce a short presentation. Mr. Olenic, Mr. Roos, and Mr. Ayers were the sponsors for this competition.
Many of us associate Spring with flowers and warmer weather but, Spring is also maple syrup season. Mrs. Colorito and her students have taken on the task of making maple syrup. They are using this activity to make a real life connection and application in science, social studies, math and family and consumer science. The students have learned how to identify the tree, tap a tree for its sap and monitor and measure sap collection the last step will be to boil the sap to make syrup. Mrs. Colorito and her students are looking forward to tasting the end result and making this a new spring time tradition.
A group of 8th grade students from the junior high had the opportunity to visit the Beaver County Career and Technology Center (BCCTC) to explore options regarding their future plans for high school and beyond. Students were taken on a tour to preview the large variety of programs that are offered to 10th, 11th, and 12th graders. Some of these courses include nursing, cosmetology, veterinary assistant, welding, and H-VAC, among many others. This tour provided these students with a glimpse of potential career opportunities they can prepare for while still in high school. The students gave feedback and resounding approval of the experience making statements such as, “I can’t wait until I can sign up” and, “This looks like so much fun!” It was encouraging and inspiring to see how excited these students were to begin preparing for their futures. Special thanks go out to Mrs. Bober and Ms. Scaletta for chaperoning and orchestrating this awesome opportunity, Mrs. Colorito and Mrs. Crawford for volunteering as additional chaperones, and to the BCCTC for being such gracious hosts!
The attraction of molecules at the surface of a liquid is called surface tension.
The polarity of water molecules can help explain why water has a strong surface tension.
Students will observe several phenomena related to the polarity of water molecules. They will observe a demonstration of a paper clip being placed on the surface of water.
Water has some peculiar properties, but because it is the most common liquid on Earth, we typically do not recognize how truly peculiar water really is. Water is everywhere. It's in the air we breathe. It's in our sink faucets, and it's in every cell of our body. Water is an unusual substance with special properties.
What property(ies) of water allows the paperclip to rest on the surface of the water?
Its surface tension. Water has a high surface tension caused by the strong cohesion between water molecules, and acts sort of like a magnet with holding power